Fairstead House


An independent day school and nursery for boys and girls
from three months to eleven years

Dear Parents

It was wonderful to see so many parents attend our Parents’ Information Evening on Tuesday!  I hope that you found the evening both informative and enjoyable.  As a result of the feedback received from the evening, I have decided to start a helpful new, and hopefully beneficial, initiative.  On the first Wednesday of every month, I will be holding an informal ‘Head’s at Home’ afternoon tea.  This will take place in the Performing Arts Centre and will give you an opportunity to ask any questions or raise any concerns that you may have, however small.  The first ‘At Home’ will be on Wednesday 3rd October from 3.00pm.  Please do just pop in and I look forward to seeing you there!

Reception

It has been another wonderful week in Reception and the children have taken their new lessons in their stride. The ‘Brave Little Penguin’ story has been a real favourite this week and has produced some fantastic learning opportunities.
The class had so much fun in Music; they enjoyed playing the Inuit drums and moving in response to different music.  In PE, Mr Radford encouraged the children to move in different ways and there were some super ‘penguins’ waddling around in the school hall!
There was a lot of excitement when the Polar Regions were ‘created’ in the outdoor learning area and the children thoroughly enjoyed exploring the ice and building their own igloos!
Mrs Sanders has also set up a healthy snack bar, and she is very proud of how the children are now using this area independently and “buying” their own snacks. What a super week!

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Year 1

Year 1 have had such a busy week!
In Year 1 this week, the children have been reading ‘Funnybones- The Ghost Train’.  The children have learnt the story thoroughly by listening to it being read, sequencing the story, and acting it out.  They have labelled the characters and written captions for the pictures in the story.
Year 1 ended the week by creating ‘skeleton biscuits’ and then wrote a shopping list of the ingredients needed to make them.  Unfortunately, Form 1S had a slight mishap whilst making their biscuits but they will try again on Monday!
Year 1 also had great fun acting out some body poems and then decided to write their own.  Form 1S then acted their poems out to the School Office and everyone greatly enjoyed it.
The children have also been learning about the continents of the world, especially the one we live in.

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Year 2

Year 2 have had a busy week writing their Circus Riddles about a circus performer or object of their choice. They thoroughly enjoyed performing their riddles to their friends and guessing the subjects of other riddles. Some of the riddles were very tricky so the children had to take a sneaky peek under the flap!

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Year 3

In Geography and History, as part of their creative curriculum topic, Chocolate, Year 3 are learning about the great Mayan Civilisation and will study their expert farming skills amongst their other mighty achievements as they learn about the cocoa plant in Science. This week, Year 3 enjoyed using traditional atlases and interactive atlases, on their new interactive white board, to find out where, when and how the Mayans lived.

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Year 4

There has been lots of anticipation this week in Year 4 for today’s Art lesson!  The children sculpted their Maya event masks using mod-roc.  The children’s sculpting skills, as they created their unique features, were very impressive.  The children are looking forward to painting them and adding other details over the coming weeks.

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Year 5

Year 5 have started their new Science topic of life cycles. They have been ordering the stages of different life cycles and investigating metamorphosis. The children are also studying life cycles of birds, and enjoyed cracking eggs open to identify the different parts of an egg and learning about their functions.

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Year 6

This week, Year 6 enjoyed using the new ICT room for one of their English lessons. They wrote some lovely descriptive phrases, demonstrating their developing touch typing skills.

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Sports Matches

Wednesday 12th September – Stephen Perse v Fairstead House (Girls Hockey)

“Stephen Perse started with the ball but we quickly got stuck in and tackled well.  At our end, there was some great tackling and passing between Ella and Ava and we had several attempts at the goal but, sadly, we didn’t score.  In the second third, we spread out a bit more and got into space.  There was some excellent reverse stick action from everyone, especially Lara.  Cecilia, Abisha, Eleanor, Georgia and Lyla all did some amazing hits back up to the ‘P’.  Evie and Isabella went in strongly for tackles.  Molly was very good as goalkeeper even though she didn’t get the ball due to our amazing defenders who were always on the ball. 

In the final quarter, I scored 2 goals in a row, making the final score 2-0 to us.  I was voted player of the match.  Well done, everyone, for their efforts.”

Lucy T., Captain

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Wednesday 12th September – Stephen Perse v Fairstead House (Boys Football)

All the boys in Year 5 and 6 travelled to Stephen Perse to play football.  We started well and the boys passed the ball effectively. Sam, as our goalkeeper, made some tremendous saves and ensured the first third was a nil-nil draw. We changed the team for the second third and Stephen Perse found more confidence and managed to score two goals. We had a number of near misses!  In the final third, the teams changed again and, despite many more efforts to score, we were unable to find the back of the net. Stephen Perse managed to score one final goal resulting in a three-nil defeat.  The boys should be very proud of their efforts and look forward to the upcoming season.

Michael Radford, Deputy Head

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Currency Collection

The Parents’ Association are arranging a collection of foreign currency – perhaps left over from a recent holiday!  A similar collection was held two years ago and nearly £500 was raised for school.  Following on from this success, a transparent collection box can be found outside the School Office.  All currencies, notes and coins, are welcome and we are looking forward to watching the collection grow and learning about all the different countries represented!

School Coats

As the weather is becoming less predictable, please ensure every child has a school coat in school at all times (obviously these can stay in school overnight!).

Year 6 Choral Day

Parents of children in Year 6 will have already received a letter from Mrs Warburton about this lovely day coming up on Tuesday.  The Year 6 children are looking forward to their visit to King’s Ely and, in particular, to the concert at 4.00pm in the Cathedral, which I thoroughly recommend that you attend if you are able to.  It promises to be quite a spectacle!

Kindness Cups

This week, Kindness Cups were won by Lilly in Year 1 and Flynn in Year 4.  Well done, children!

Birthdays

This week, we wish a happy birthday to Virginia in Year 1, Dylan in Year 4 and Sam in Year 6.

With my best wishes for a lovely weekend with your children,

Lynda Brereton